18 April 1844
Rats in the Hebrides
Generations have passed away without seeing a rat on the small island of Tarinsay, on the west coast of Harris. An innumerable swarm of these annoying and destructive vermin have of late spread over the island, notwithstanding the efforts made by Mr Macdonald, the tacksman, to extirpate them. They appear to be increasing so fast that they threaten to overrun the whole island, and keep violent possession of it. They are supposed to have come from the island of Soay, which lies at the distance of about three miles from Tarinsay, and into which the Earl of Dunmore, some years ago, ordered rabbits to be sent. Soon after this, the rats, which were formerly very numerous in the island of Soay, completely disappeared, having removed in a body to the neighbouring island of Tarinsay, from which they are not inclined to take their departure in a hurry.
Glasgow Evening Citizen
18 April 1866
Violin-playing would require to be a much more agreeable operation than the preparation of the strings. A number of neighbours appeared to complain of the awfully offensive nature of the smells issuing on and prior to Saturday last, from the premises at 427 Garscube Road, occupied by Edward Bretschneider and August Paulus, violin-string manufacturers. After the emphatic testimony, however, of three of the witnesses, the magistrate ordered the establishment to be removed, under certification, within 48 hours.
Annandale Observer and Advertiser
18 April 1873
A gigantic egg
A very large duck egg was brought to our office today. Its diameter is no less than nine inches by seven and a half, and its weight five and a half ounces. Miss McCririe, Barwhare, Lochrutton, to whom the duck belongs which laid this extraordinary egg, may well be proud of her bird.
20 April 1887
At an essay competition in a board school in the district one of the boys described a recent visit to a wild beast show thus: 'The first thing I saw on entering the show was the band, which was outside.' 'What?' queried the teacher. Another boy: 'That's second-sicht, sir.' Teacher: 'Something very like it anyway.' Another boy chose for the subject of his essay the bird well known for its habit of stealing other birds' nests in which to lay its eggs, and wrote of it thus: 'The cuckoo is a bird which does not lay its own eggs.'
A master in a Govan board school was recently talking earnestly to his somewhat unruly class, the ex-VI's, and thought they might be wise. 'Yes sir,' said a boy, 'but we're the ex's.' 'You're witty if not wise,' good naturedly replied the teacher. The same teacher was telling his class of Lord Macaulay's cure for the woes of Ireland – sink it in the sea for a time. 'Ach, sor, he couldn't, for Cork would float,' said one lad whose brogue and flashing eye proclaimed his nationality.
20 April 1854
National day of humiliation
Our readers will observe that a Royal Proclamation has been issued, appointing Wednesday 26th instant as a day of humiliation, in connection with the war, throughout the United Kingdom. It will therefore be understood that public offices will be closed, and business generally suspended; and we have no doubt that the appointment will be heartily approved and observed in this district.
21 April 1873
The election of school boards throughout the country has now become general. In Shetland, considerable progress has been made in this direction, and in a few parishes the boards have been elected, and set themselves down to the arduous duties which they will have to discharge during the first year, at least, of their tenure in office. The election in Lerwick took place on Tuesday last, when seven gentlemen (out of the thirteen whose names were placed on the ballot paper) were elected. The ratepayers, by their voting, showed that they knew the gentlemen best qualified to fill such important offices, and, seeing that such is the case, we do not deem it necessary to enlarge our remarks. Suffice it to say, that we think the ratepayers, on the whole, have acted very wisely in this matter.
Hawick News and Border Chronicle
22 April 1904
Innerleithen Carnegie Library
The foundation stone was laid on Saturday before a large concourse of people. Provost Mathieson performed the ceremony, having been presented with a silver trowel by the contractors. The building is estimated to cost £2,000, the gift of Dr Carnegie.
[The library opened on Buccleuch Street in 1905 and is still open]